School Transportation Safety: Thinking Outside the Bus

December 1, 2016

School Transportation Safety - Thinking Outside the Bus

At this day-long meeting, NHTSA will be exploring the risk factors associated with pupil transportation and will be working toward potential solutions to prevent school-transportation-related serious injuries and fatalities. School transportation safety professionals and NHTSA safety experts will come together to discuss trends in school-transportation-related crashes and innovations in school bus safety technologies, along with a discussion of current NHTSA projects involving pupil transportation. Millions of school-age children ride school buses every day in the United States, and school buses continue to be the safest way for kids to get to and from school.


8 – 9 a.m.

Front Lobby – Visitors Desk

9 – 9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks

John Marshall, Director, NHTSA Office of Safety Programs
Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., NHTSA Administrator

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Trends in School-Transportation-Related Crashes

Steven K. Smith, Ph.D., NCSA

9:30 – 10 a.m.
Partnering to Protect Kids in School Zones

Kristin Rosenthal, Safe Kids Worldwide

10 – 10:15 a.m.

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.
NHTSA Research - Camera Enforcement of Stop Arm Violations

Kristie L. Johnson, Ph.D., NHTSA Office of Behavioral Research
Bryan J. Katz, Ph.D., PE, ToXcel

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
School Transportation Risks Panel Presentation


  • What works and what is needed

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch on your own

12:30 – 12:45 p.m.
New Jersey Law – Motion Sensors

Thomas Bednarz, Director, Division of Inspection Services, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission

12:45 - 1:15 p.m.
School Bus Vehicle Technology Panel Presentation

Blue Bird Corp.
Thomas Built Buses
IC Buses

1:15 - 1:30 p.m.

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
Safe Routes to School

Keith Benjamin, Office of Safety, Energy and Environment
Margo Pedroso, Deputy Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Waffiyyah Murray, Education Programs Manager, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
Seth LaJeunesse, Associate Director, National Center for Safe Routes to School (UNC)

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Update on Lap/Shoulder Belts in School Buses

Brian Chodrow, NHTSA Safety Countermeasures Division
Bryan J. Katz, Ph.D., PE, ToXcel
Derek Graham, NC State Director of Pupil Transportation

2:45 – 3 p.m.
Closing Remarks – Moving Toward Zero School-Transportation-Related Fatalities

John Marshall, Director, NHTSA Office of Safety Programs
Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., NHTSA Administrator